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5 Tips for Maintaining Liposuction Results

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People who have been struggling with stubborn, diet and exercise-resistant fat can finally reach their ideal body goals using liposuction. 

Liposuction offers fast, efficient results that patients love and hope will be long lasting. 

If you have undergone liposuction—or are considering getting it—this guide will tell you how small lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, and mindfulness can help you maintain your liposuction results for years to come. 

1. Start Before Your Surgery

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping your liposuction results. A healthy lifestyle is precisely what it sounds like—a lifestyle. You learn to form healthy habits by finding out what works for you and staying consistent. 

If you are considering liposuction and would like to make the transition easier, start now. If you can form healthy habits before your operation, they will be easier to maintain following the procedure.

If you have already had your procedure, be patient with yourself, and make lifestyle changes in stages that you can handle. 

A drastic change in a short period can be difficult. Start small. For example, try moving around for at least 20 minutes a day and then increase the rigor and time spent on exercise as time goes on. 

2. Healthy Diet

Weight loss and gain are highly contingent on the foods that we eat. 

For example, a diet that is high in processed food, bad fats, and harmful sugars are likely to result in excess fat stores. 

Why do we call them “bad” fats or sugars? Some fats and sugars are bad because they cause negative effects in the body if consumed regularly. Bad fats and sugars are processed into excess fat and can cause other issues like high blood sugar and diabetes. 

A tip for maintaining a healthy diet is to add color when possible and find substitutes that you like. There are healthy fats and sugars found in fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. 

Avocados, fish, nuts, and eggs are high in healthy fats and proteins that improve brain function and boost energy. Honey and fresh fruit have plenty of natural sugar that tastes great, but is easier for the body to process. 

Add color to your diet by incorporating fruits and vegetables like leafy greens, beets, squash, and citrus. Cut out extra fat and sugar by finding less processed options like natural peanut butter, or vegetable-based dairy and snack products. 

3. Regular Exercise

The formula for maintaining weight and preventing the return of excess fat is to burn as many—if not more—calories than you take in. Even with a healthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle will ultimately lead to an accumulation of weight. 

Setting aside a little time every day or week to exercise will not only help you to maintain the results from liposuction, but it will also help to improve your mood, your ability to be active, and your daily energy level. 

A tip for implementing exercise is to find activities that you enjoy. Some people love going to the gym or taking a run, but if that does not sound like you, perhaps try signing up for a dance class, a rollerskating team, or a yoga class. 

Whatever your thing or things are, find them and stick to them. 

4. Drink Plenty of Water 

Drinking plenty of water helps the body to detox and cleanse itself, which allows you to get the most out of your exercise while boosting your metabolism. 

Drinking more water will also prevent your body from storing too much water, which results in the appearance of water weight.

A tip for drinking more water is to infuse it with flavors that you love. By adding sliced fruit, cucumber, or herbs such as mint, you can enhance the taste and suppress appetite. 

Replacing sugary, calorie-filled drinks with water can cut down calorie intake quickly and easily.

5. Reduce Stress

When you are under constant stress, your body begins to manifest this stress in various ways. 

Stress can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as binge eating.

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can cause a drop in blood sugar, which can result in sugar and fat cravings. 

This is where persistent “comfort” food cravings can arise. 

A tip to reduce stress is to try meditating for at least five minutes a day. Exercise and a healthy diet can also help the body to function better and ultimately reduce stress. 

Are You Considering Liposuction? 

If you are considering getting liposuction and would like to learn more about your options in Orange County, please contact Dr. Wald at his Fullerton office by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

What Should I Expect During My Mommy Makeover Recovery?

Many patients decide to undergo Mommy Makeover surgery, which can reverse many of the adverse effects of pregnancy and childbirth. While most women prepare sufficiently for the days leading up to the surgery, not very many typically look into what they should plan for after their surgery is completed. 

 

So what should you expect during your post-op recovery? Here are some details on what you will likely experience and some tips on how to have a comfortable and smooth recuperation.

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What Happens After I Get Home?

Every Mommy Makeover is customized to match each patient’s needs, so the procedures that were included in your surgery will affect your recovery. 

 

Typically, the breasts and midsection are wrapped in a support bra or a compression garment. You may feel sensitivity and tightness in the chest region and experience mild bruising and swelling. Redness may also occur around the incision locations.

 

Discomfort can be addressed with prescription pain medication. Refrain from physical activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting, or anything that can irritate the skin or body. Your surgeon tracks your progress and will let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities.

How Can I Ensure a Comfortable Experience?

Establish a relaxing environment by preparing things prior to your surgery is the best way to make sure that you are comfortable and content during your recuperation. Some tips for a comforting atmosphere include:

 

  • Having all of your prescriptions filled before your procedure
  • Following all of your post-surgical care instructions
  • Arranging for adequate childcare, as you will be unable to lift anything
  • Scheduling a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days
  • Stocking plenty of pillows where you will be spending most of your time
  • Sleeping and getting plenty of rest
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated
  • Gathering plenty of entertainment, such as books, magazines, television, electronic devices, and your cell phone
  • Being sure to have all charging cables and spare batteries handy
  • Beginning to walk around the house after the first day or two

When Can I Resume Work?

Every patient will feel different after their procedure, but most patients can return to work in a couple of weeks. 

 

After at least four weeks, you can begin introducing regular activities, as long as your doctor has cleared it. It is important to listen to your surgeon and your body; avoid overexerting yourself—it can prolong your healing process.

 

It will usually take a few months for you to feel back to normal. Remain patient with your recovery and get plenty of rest.

What Results Should I Expect?

Dr. Robert Wald takes his time with each patient to understand their desires and preferences and creates a personalized surgical plan accordingly. 

 

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In their Mommy Makeover, most patients choose to include breast augmentation to enhance their breast volume and cleavage, a breast lift to improve their nipples and areolas while simultaneously raising the breasts, a tummy tuck to remove excess abdominal fat and skin for a tighter stomach, and liposuction to reduce fat in stubborn locations. 

 

Regardless of which procedures you decide to include in your Mommy Makeover, most patients feel a significant improvement in their overall body contour after they have healed. 

 

To learn more about Mommy Makeover surgery, please call our office for a consultation at (714) 312-3549. You can also fill out our contact form.

Liposuction for the Summer

The summer season is quickly approaching, which means plenty of outdoor activities will soon become available. Going to the beach, swimming, getting a tan, attending outdoor music festivals, boating or kayaking, playing with your kids outside, having family and friends over for a barbecue, and many other fun activities await! Unfortunately, many men and women struggle with excess body fat that can lead to lowered self-confidence and a reduced desire to wear skin-baring clothing. As many of us already know, a healthy diet and daily exercise can only remove a limited amount of fat, so many of us are left with stubborn fat deposits. The warm summer weather is perfect for you to enjoy the outdoors. If you are embarrassed by unwanted fat, liposuction can help eliminate localized fat in specific areas and improve your overall body contour.  

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Why Should I Get Liposuction?

Millions of men and women have safely undergone liposuction surgery and enjoyed satisfying results. Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who utilizes advanced technologies and applies his vast surgical experience to achieve each patient’s desired results. During your consultation, you will discuss which areas of your body cause the most grief and what your goals are to determine the ideal approach for your procedure.

Candidates for Liposuction

Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body to address multiple areas of concern. If you have excess fat in any of the following areas on your body, then liposuction may be right for you:

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  • Abdomen: Fat can be removed from the abdomen using liposuction, and sometimes a tummy tuck is performed to rid the stomach of extra hanging skin. A tummy tuck can also repair damaged rectus muscles to produce optimal results.
  • Arms: Liposuction can remove excess fat from the upper arms to enhance definition and create a toned appearance.
  • Back, Waist, and Hips: Overhanging or bulging fat on the back, sides, or hips (often referred to as the flanks) can be targeted with liposuction. Undesirable love handles can be removed using this technique as well.
  • Breasts and Chest: Gynecomastia surgery gently removes excess breast fat in men using liposuction. Additional male body surgery techniques can also be performed to enhance other areas of the male body to achieve a more masculine, chiseled frame. Some female patients also benefit from removing excess fat from their chest, bust, or bra line areas to meet their cosmetic objectives.
  • Chin and Neck: Excess fat below the chin and around the neck can be eliminated with liposuction to improve their natural contours and enhance the definition of the lower face.
  • Thighs: Fat surrounding the thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and chaffing. Liposuction can improve the shape and definition of your legs and reduce discomfort during physical activities.

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What Can I Expect?

Liposuction is an effective, safe, and permanent method of removing excess fat from the body. After general anesthesia is administered, the targeted fat cells are gently removed using a small suction device known as a cannula, and fat cells are permanently extracted. The incisions are small and placed strategically to conceal any scarring. Following your post-surgery instructions carefully will result in a defined, contoured physique that will appear more toned and ready for your favorite swimsuit.

Do you have troublesome fat that refuses to go away after dieting and exercising? Liposuction might be what you need to feel your best just in time for the summer season. Contact our office to schedule your consultation by calling (714) 312-3549 today!

How Young Is Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

Many patients look into getting plastic surgery to enhance their appearance or boost their self-esteem. While most surgical and non-surgical procedures are usually performed on older patients, younger people also wish to undergo plastic surgery due to ridicule or embarrassment in their appearance. But how young is too young for your child to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery?

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Common Procedures for Minors

It is important that your child has a fully developed targeted area before they undergo any plastic surgery procedure. Certain procedures like otoplasty (ear surgery) are commonly performed on younger children because their ears reach their full size around 6 years old. Younger teenage patients who wish to have rhinoplasty (nose surgery) can usually do so since your nose fully develops around 14 or 15 years of age. However, surgical procedures such as breast augmentation may not be suitable for young females unless their breasts have reached full development.

Non-invasive Procedures

Non-invasive procedures like chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing are common among young patients. These methods can eliminate the appearance of acne scars and skin discoloration for smoother, natural-looking skin. It is safe and can be performed on patients of any age.

Young patients who wish to enhance the appearance of their lips, cheeks, frown lines, or wrinkles may want to consider dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic. However, most professionals are against the use of these treatments for younger patients. Those who would like cosmetic surgery must usually be 18 years of age or older or showing noticeable signs of aging.

Surgical Procedures

Surgical procedures like gynecomastia, also known as male breast reduction surgery, can help young boys who have developed overly large breasts. In most cases, once a male’s body has fully developed, the breast tissue will begin to slim down. However, severe cases of gynecomastia may require surgical attention.

Young female patients whose breasts are overly developed after puberty can look into getting breast reduction surgery. This will remove excess breast tissue and fat while also relieving them from any chronic back or neck pain they may have been experiencing.

Knowing Your Child Is Ready

Once you and your child have decided if plastic surgery is the right choice, the next step is to schedule a consultation with a professional. Parents should accompany their child during their appointment to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed. An evaluation of your child’s body and goals will help determine whether they are candidates for their desired procedure or not. They should also be in good physical and mental health.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with your child, or if you would like more information about the availability of procedures for patients under the age of 18, contact our office at 714-312-3549.

Am I Ready for Plastic Surgery?

The demand for plastic surgery continues to stay on the rise. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2016 statistics, more than $15 billion dollars were spent on plastic surgery in the last year. It isn’t surprising though, as most people care about their looks and want to stick to the societal standard to maintain a young and fresh appearance. Some might try to improve their body and/or face with diet, exercise, and at-home treatments, but even with rigorous efforts, they have little to no success. The only way for some people to meet their aesthetic goals is through plastic surgery. However, plastic surgery is a serious process, and it may not be for everyone. How do you know if you are ready for plastic surgery?

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There are several factors patients must consider before they undergo a plastic surgery procedure. Making sure you are ready, emotionally and physically, for surgery will ensure the most comfortable and safe surgical process possible. Here are some questions you should ask yourself first:

  • Are you realistic in your expectations?: Plastic surgery is designed to enhance and rejuvenate a person’s natural features. Patients should be realistic in their expectations. They should be aware that plastic surgery is not going to provide them with a dramatic change but rather a more youthful, enhanced version of themselves.
  • Are you physically healthy?: Surgery involves anesthesia and recovery. Someone who is not physically healthy has a higher risk of complications. Patients should be honest with their surgeon about their medical history and any current medical conditions. If a surgical procedure appears unsuitable for a patient, Dr. Wald offers a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as SculpSure®, that provide beautiful results without as many risks and with minimal recovery time.
  • Have you already tried diet and exercise to achieve your goals?: Patients considering body contouring procedures such as liposuction should not treat plastic surgery as a weight loss method. It is recommended that patients be at or near their ideal body weight with only a few pockets of fat they would like to target.
  • Are you willing to maintain your results?: Plastic surgery is not a permanent solution to one’s body and facial flaws. The best patients are willing to maintain their results with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Patients should stick to a regular exercise regimen and skin care routine to achieve a longer-lasting outcome. It is also highly recommended to refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol in excess.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Are you a candidate for cosmetic surgery? If you answered yes to the above questions, now is the time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald. He can discuss your goals and concerns as well as evaluate your anatomy and health to help you decide if you are suited for a cosmetic procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical. Dr. Wald will go over all of your options and design a personalized surgery plan.

Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is skilled and experienced in performing several procedures and techniques for the face, breasts, and body. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form.

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Robert Wald, MD
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Fullerton, CA 92835


Phone: 714-312-3549
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